MIT is one of the top global universities. Recently one student from Pakistan got admission to the PhD program at MIT on graduate research assistantship – which is paying all of his expenses plus a monthly stipend of $3100. He has decided to share with us his professional profile so that other students in Pakistan may benefit from it.
What is your major? Operations Research (Supply Chain Management)
How many universities did you apply to? 4
Which universities were you admitted to? MIT, Cornell, Stanford, Columbia
Which universities were you rejected from? None
Where did you do your undergraduate/masters/PhD from? 3 years at National University of Science and Technology and 2 years at Cornell University (Undergraduate and Masters)
CGPA: Under graduate 3.58, Masters 3.92 (84.73%)
GRE/GMAT Scores: GRE (V 169, Q 170, A 6.0)
TOEFL Scores: Not required
Any other Test Scores: None
Work Experience: 3 years (Metro Cash and Carry, Freelance consulting to Al-Fatah Departmental Stores and Green Valley Bahria Town)
Research Papers: 04 in International Journals and Conferences
# of Letter of Recommendation: 03
Who wrote Letter of Recommendations? University Professors and Clients
Extracurricular activities: Nothing Outstanding
Tips for GRE/GMAT Preparation: I think for PhD it’s just a formality – research papers and quality of work experience is more important.
Anything you want to tell about your Personal Statement: Focus on your area of interest and back it with genuine work and research experience.
Any advice for aspiring applicants to your school: Make sure you have an aptitude for research and are passionate enough to spend a lifetime on working on things in a specific area.